Initial reactions and observations
- Bayern Munich pulled of an incredible smash-and-grab victory against Lyon. Scoring from a set piece and then riding their luck to keep the French side out earns Bayern a huge win in this year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.
- The performance leaves a lot to be desired from the perspective of a Bayern fan. Lyon showed a soft underbelly that the German champs simply could not exploit. If not for the set piece header by Kumagai, Bayern might never have scored.
- Lina Magull basically WAS the Bayern midfield today. Great performance from the captain. The team almost completely lost control when she went off.
Full time: Bayern Munich have beaten Lyon!
68’ — GOAL! Kumagai, the former Lyon player, makes it 1-0 to Bayern!
65’ — Subs: Damjanovic comes on for Dallman.
45’ — The second half is finally underway.
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich have managed to contain Lyon rather well in this game, limiting their chances to almost nothing. However, the French side came to life in the end of the half, setting the stage for a tough second 45.
- Bayern’s attacking combinations are ... not great. It seems like the team has great ideas for getting the ball into the final third, but no clue what to do when they’re there.
- Schuller, please shoot on target I beg you.
Halftime: Still 0-0.
30’ — Zero goals so far, but Bayern have been dominant. Not much to say in terms of a play-by-play.
Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!
One hour until kickoff: We have our lineups!
#UWCL - against Lyon! #FCBFrauen #MiaSanMia #FCBOL pic.twitter.com/QMUODDKzpH— FC Bayern Frauen (@FCBfrauen) November 17, 2021
It’s been a rough week for Bayern Munich. A week ago, the Frauen lost away to Lyon 2-1 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. They followed that up with a 1-0 loss at the weekend in league play to Wolfsburg. Now, they just have to hit a hard stop on this losing train and get things turned around in the opposite direction.
That will, hopefully, get started today against Lyon in their second group stage match in the UWCL. Sydney Lohmann and Ivana Rudelic are still out due to injuries; however, Marina Hegering will return to the squad for the first time this season.
As always with the UWCL, the game is being streamed live on DAZN’s YouTube channel.
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